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Facebooking inmate sentenced for breaking guard's finger

Cody Kalawaia in court at the defense table Cody Kalawaia in court at the defense table
Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss
"I'm gone y'all keep ur heads up..." he said, "I gotta wait and c how much time the judge gonna give he might let me go." (Source: Facebook) "I'm gone y'all keep ur heads up..." he said, "I gotta wait and c how much time the judge gonna give he might let me go." (Source: Facebook)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Cody Kalawaia, who famously took to social media during his court trial, was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by probation, in a 20-year total sentence, for aggravated battery, Tuesday.

He was also convicted of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer in Judge Stephen Goss' court room.

Kalawaia was convicted of breaking the finger of a Dougherty County jailer during a struggle on August 23, 2013.  The jury deliberated for just two hours to convict him on May 20.

Kalawaia chronicled his day before, during, and after court on Facebook, even after he was placed in handcuffs.

He made posts to the site right up to the point when he was taken into custody. Earlier in the day, he shared posts with positive and funny messages, one chanting, "Cody, Cody..." as if from the sidelines.

Another post an hour later simply stated, "Game time."

But once inside the court room, Kalawaia became serious, posting one image that stated, "Waiting for a miracle."

Soon after that his feelings took a deeper turn with a post: "Scared 2-death."

But he did check-in to the courthouse on Facebook while the jury deliberated the verdict.

After the jury made the announcement, he posted a few more selfies that revealed handcuffs and a distraught look on his face.

"I'm gone y'all keep ur heads up..." he said, "I gotta wait and c how much time the judge gonna give he might let me go."

Mobile users: See the posts he made here

In 2011, he was convicted on a burglary charge. In 2013, he was convicted on seven counts of entering automobiles and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.



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